Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed on to host   NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice."  (Casey Curry/Invision/AP)

Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed on to host NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice." (Casey Curry/Invision/AP)

Scoop: Arnold’s taking Donald’s place on ‘Apprentice’

Movie star-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking over for mogul-turned-would-be politician Donald Trump on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

The former California governor will host the show when it returns for the 2016-17 season, the network announced Monday.

NBC Entertainment’s president of alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy said in a statement. “Arnold Schwarzenegger is the epitome of a global brand in entertainment and business, and his accomplishments in the political arena speak for themselves. It was Arnold’s personal passion for the format that Mark Burnett and Donald Trump built over the last decade, as well as his fresh take on how to take it to new heights for today’s audiences, that made him the man to hire. ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ … will be back!”

As governor, Schwarzenegger managed “more than 300,000 state employees and a state budget in the hundreds of billions. Also: He’s known globally for his role in the Terminator film franchise, and his films through the decades have grossed “billions of dollars in worldwide box office.”

While some observers are suggesting new slogans for the show — “You’re terminated” or “You won’t be back” — others have astutely noted that Trump, who has been vocal against immigrants from Mexico, is being replaced by an immigrant from Austria.

The announcement follows on the heels of last week’s news when Trump settled beefs with NBC and appeared with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.”

NO CONTEST FOR KIM RICHARDS

Kim Richards apparently is so desperate, she’s haunting Southern California smoke shops … trying to pick up drugs.

TMZ reports that the former member of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast went to a smoke shop in Sherman Oaks three times last week, asking for the prescription drug Xanax, saying she needed it for a a foot injury (even though Xanax is for anxiety).

And on Monday, Richards, 50, was sentenced to three years probation after pleading no contest to resisting arrest after she was kicked out of The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel in April. Charges of public intoxication and battery were dropped, according to the Associated Press.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Jane Godfrey also sentenced Richards to 30 days of community labor and 52 weeks of Alcoholics Anonymous sessions.

Richards, a former child actress from TV’s “Nanny and the Professor” who apparently went to rehab after the Beverly Hills incident, did not attend Monday’s hearing and entered the plea through her attorney.

Richards faces a separate shoplifting charge filed in connection with the theft of about $600 in merchandise from a Target store in the San Fernando Valley in August. She has pleaded not guilty.

_ Wire report

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